Entire U.S Senate to visit White House for North Korea briefing

Congressional aides said the briefing was initially scheduled for a secure room at the Capitol, but Trump suggested a shift to the White House.
By David Sims | Apr 26, 2017
Top Trump government officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire United States Senate on the North Korean stand-off.

According to White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, all the 100 Senators have been invited to the White House for the briefing. The briefing will be conducted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It is unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, as the practice is usually for administration officials to travel to the Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy issues.

Congressional aides said the briefing was initially scheduled for a secure room at the Capitol, but Trump suggested a shift to the White House.

The Trump administration has expressed growing concerns over North Korea's nuclear missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

President Trump told U.N Security Council members on Monday that the "status quo" is not acceptable, and urged the council to be ready to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.

Congressional aides intimated that the briefing was shifted to the White House to send home the message to North Korea that the United States is serious about a change in policy.

A senior official in the Trump administration said the flurry of activity around Pyongyang was not a choreographed moved, and warned against over-interpretation.

"I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that, hopefully without dropping bombs," said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Aides revealed they were working with the White House to schedule a similar briefing for the House of Representatives.

 

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